Glenwood man sentenced in child pornography case

A Glenwood Springs man was sentenced Wednesday to 36 years in prison after being arrested in 2010 and accused of storing more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of children on a workplace computer.

Christopher Carlyle agreed to the sentence in a Sept. 23 plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of children and attempted possession of sexually exploitative materials, plus two counts of being a habitual criminal. The sentence was the maximum possible for the crimes, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Carlyle had been released from prison in Colorado for attempted sex assault on a child just months before he began downloading the child pornography in the Glenwood Springs case, authorities said. A judge agreed during a pretrial hearing to let a jury hear evidence of the prior crime.

Authorities said sexually explicit images were found on Carlyle’s computer at Aspen Moving and Storage, and videos of a similar nature were found on his home computer.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation of the case based on a tip from Microsoft that was forwarded from Colorado’s Internet Crimes Against Children and Colorado Springs police. Other agencies also assisted in the investigation


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